Things to do with empty toilet paper tubes

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Here are some of the many things you can do with empty toilet paper tubes: wrap small gifts, tidy electrical cords, organize your hairbands and office supplies, or make fire starters.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people have been stocking up on toilet paper, and many may now have a year’s supply of this soft, white, one-time-use tissue . . . but when the paper’s finished, what do you do with the cardboard tube? The empty tubes are recyclable, but the human reflex is to toss them in the wastebasket, so they never make it to the recycling bin.